Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

hyper-masculinity

The need for care when sharing images of missing children

Within hours of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, people across social media were sharing images of those who were declared missing. Some of these were shared by family and friends who knew girls and women attending the concert, but who had not yet heard whether they were safe. These images were also being shared by more »

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In the News: Donald Trump, Male Violence, and Misogyny

Despite a clear history of misogyny, racism, classism, homophobia and being the poster boy for toxic hyper-masculinity and male entitlement in a rape culture, a large segment of people seem somewhat shocked by the release of a video from 2005 in which Donald Trump brags about committing sexualised violence. Even more people seem shocked that more »

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Rape Culture Is Surveillance Culture by @Scaachi

…. Often, people seem to describe rape as an unfortunate accident, two drunk bodies colliding: It’s more about miscommunication than intentionally ignoring a lack of consent, or actively seeking a body and mind that can’t say no. Rape culture doesn’t flourish by error. It’s a methodical operation so ingrained in our public consciousness, we don’t more »

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It’s not victim blaming, it’s woman blaming by Sonia Orchard

Can we please stop this talk of victim-blaming? We don’t have a problem with victim-blaming in our society. We have a problem with woman-blaming. Teenage victims of the recent Australian school porn ring have reportedly been told that they brought the problem upon themselves by sharing nude images. Girls at one school have even been more »

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The murder of Jo Cox

Jo Cox, the Laboour MP for Batley and Spen, is the 57th woman to be murdered in the UK in 2016 by a male perpetrator. Whilst the police have yet to confirm the name of the perpetrator, named as Thomas Mair by the media, or eyewitness accounts of Mair shouting ‘Britain First’, what we do know is more »

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Two violent men, two symptoms of the same sickness

America woke up this weekend to the news of the deadliest civilian mass shooting in the nation’s history. The senseless tragedy will undoubtedly evoke anger, sadness and helplessness. In the meantime, many will forget to think and talk about Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s crime and his “summer vacation” jail sentence: three months for the vile sexual assault more »

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In Orlando, as Usual, Domestic Violence Was Ignored Red Flag by @schemaly

Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen began killing people in what became the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Authorities will now study what may have made the 29-year-old go to the Pulse gay nightclub with the intention of ending so many lives. The Washington Post reported Monday that “although family members said Mateen had expressed anger about homosexuality, the more »

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11 year old boys cannot consent to sex with an adult

According to coverage in the Guardian, Jade Hatt has been given a “six-month jail term suspended for two years with supervision”, placed on the sexual offenders registry for 7 years and received a ” sexual harm prevention order banning her from having unsupervised contact with young boys for two years”. Judge Tim Mousley QC made the more »

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What we mean by male entitlement

Julian Penna, an ex-UKIP candidate in the local elections in Hull was given a non-custodial sentence for punching Abby Wallace in the face. He pled guilty to one charge on common assault and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and received only 160 hour of community service and an £800 fine. According to more »

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